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Ilkay Gundogan to join Barcelona after turning down one-year Man City offer

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Jun 21, 2023
Ilkay Gundogan to join Barcelona after turning down one-year Man City offer

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Ilkay Gundogan will leave Man City to sign for Barcelona on an initial two-year deal, talkSPORT understands.

The 32-year-old will depart City after helping his side to the treble this season.

Gundogan is set to leave Man City for Barcelona on an initial two-year-deal

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Gundogan is set to leave Man City for Barcelona on an initial two-year-dealCredit: Getty
The 32-year-old recently won the Champions League with the Sky Blues

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The 32-year-old recently won the Champions League with the Sky BluesCredit: Getty

Gundogan was offered a one-year-deal to remain at the Etihad, but turned it down in favour of a move to the Catalan giants.

The midfielder and his representatives are said to have held talks after he recently finished international duty with Germany.

talkSPORT understand finances are not a problem, and the players decision is purely based on around his family.

The Germany international will also have the option over a further year with Barcelona.

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The player was already planned well in advance, and part of Barca’s ‘financial viability plans’ that were approved by LaLiga at the start of the month.

Once Gundogan passes his medical in Catalonia, he will then link up with Barcelona boss Xavi, who he has hailed in the past.

“There was not a specific player for me, but there were players like Zidane or Xavi, or even a player like Andrea Pirlo,” Gundogan said earlier this year.

“They are players I loved to watch and enjoyed very much—maybe the reason is that I play a similar position to them.

Xavi has previously been hailed by Gundogan in the past

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Xavi has previously been hailed by Gundogan in the pastCredit: getty

“As a central midfielder I like to watch how other controlling midfielders behave during a game: what kind of passes they play, what kind of solutions they have for different situations.

“I try to watch the game from a position of a midfielder.”

The 32-year-old was Pep Guardiola’s first signing in 2016 and went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club.

He won 14 trophies while at the Etihad, including five Premier League titles.

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